Interest Check: Outdoors & Ultralight Backpacks

Hey guys,
We want to hear what Ultralight & Outdoors backpacks all of you are into. More specifically, what brands, types, and styles.
▶ What type of qualities do you look for in a backpack? ▶ Are there certain features that make most sense for you? ▶ What companies/brands do you think make the best products?
We’re always looking at posts and polls of suggestions, and we take this into account when we’re looking for products to put on the site. It doesn’t mean we can secure relationships with any brand of course, but it does mean we can try, and it gives us a better sense of the interests of the community. So let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion.
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We’ll be posting other Interest Checks for other categories so stay tuned. And feel free to share any polls you’ve created here so we can help more people see them.

Nov 23, 2021
zpacks Arc blast 55L
Jun 13, 2019
Thank for your feedback. I'll try to engage more rather then posting about jackets.
Jun 13, 2019
Appreciate it, Emma! 🙏
Mar 21, 2019
Want to look at the Kelty Zyp and Zyro
Mar 18, 2019
"went ultralight" destroyed everything I touched except the sleeping bag. There is a trade off and it's reliability and durability. I'd rather have the ladder.
Apr 29, 2019
Mar 17, 2019
I use a Gregory Baltoro 75. I do not personally look for ultralight gear. I have spent the last 8 years in the military and my ruck is a min of 80lbs so on the civilian side I say learn to carry more weight well. The baltoro is incredibly comfortable and strong, the quality is outstanding and it will last for years. The pocket design makes accessibility and organization excellent. What I look for in gear is not crazy weight savings but simply space savings. I am also hard on my equipment and it is used much more frequently than your average joe, so durability is key.
Mar 16, 2019
I currently own an Osprey Atmos 65 AG which is a great pack but not lightweight for sure. I have been doing a ton of research on packs in my desire to lighten up a bit. There are so many great options out there. The packs I am strongly considering include HMG 3400 Southwest and ULA Circuit. There are a number of others that have piqued my interest as well including the Waymark Thru 40. I think for me the main things are lightweight and streamlined. I am not interested in a lot of bells and whistles. Waterproof material is a big bonus.
Mar 15, 2019
Let's get a sweet deal on a thru hiker sized hyperlite back pack!!!!
Mar 14, 2019
I’m a big fan of utilizing every space in my backpack. One main selling point is having easy access at getting to that piece of equipment you need at the moments notice without having to unpack more than I need to get that item example: I just got a Kelty Redwing 32 that has a gear pocket large enough to keep my rain poncho right within easy access to get me out of a sudden downpour. Now i’m Sure many packs have that feature but I was sold on the Kelty because of all the easy access pockets along the sides and some gear storage for my telescopic fishing rod.
Feb 23, 2019
Superior Wilderness Designs. I'm waiting on my new long haul 50 right now. Fully customized, including materials and color. Staff is great and will answer every question. Comperable in price to others, but being able to design the bag how you want it makes SWD unique in my mind. Give them a look.
Mar 16, 2019
Received it a few weeks ago and have a shakedown this weekend. Pack is perfect. Stitching is solid and the pack fully loaded with bear can in top sits just right. For it being a fully customizable pack the price is in the ballpark for mass produced packs. 2.4 pounds total weight for mine that has yons of extras. Can handle 40 lbs easy if I needed it to with the mid weight cloth. I wanted it to Last and it will. Can't go wrong with SWD. Once I try it out and to on some trips will leave a review on SWD.
May 9, 2019
I bought my first SWD pack last year. I loved it. Gave it to my brother and I am ordering another SWD this year. They are great packs, well made and outstanding performance.
Feb 11, 2019
I like hikers--they're tasty!

Mar 13, 2019
naw that one looks like she would run away. unless she looking at lilbear behind you. then you worry. I got caught between momma and lilbear up in NH once saw lilbear FLY through a swamp to get to momma and they both took off but the cub moved so fast through the swampy area that I thought It was a low flying turkey since they liked this swampy pond. anyhoow while i watched it scatter away I saw momma circle around the cub and take off right in the direction I needed to go in order to get home. I saw the tracks smoked a ciggarette cut down a 2''-3" stick tied my knife securly and went fishing. I didnt want to stay into the dark that night and I also didnt want to double back over my tracks and end up between them again. I did know these bears though. they liked to steal from our blueberry bushes. I love how simple netting can thwart them! one day they saw me tending to them and I started back towards the barn where there was a 308 then they were pissed when they looked at the nets. took them weeks before the figured out to just rip them up. they would however smack them light lightly and get the berrys to drop and lick them off the ground. bears are weird. that same bear might have been one a game warden told us to be on the look out for and to not leave out food because she was injured in the area and might eat ANYTHING so be cautious. my idiot cousin didnt live there ans thought it would be cool to cook his dinner on the camp fire. 10 mins in and there was rumbling through the woods that he claimed to sound like and elepant. them we all watch the bear eat his dinner and 2 more live fish this idiot was keepiing in a bucket for later.
Mar 13, 2019
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